Love for Amir Hussain and his father.

Dear friends,

You may all remember Amir Hussain, a kind responsible son, who really loves and cares about his father – Abdur Nur who is suffering from a severe ulcer from a long time and enduring a lot of hardships every day but never stopped loving and caring for his children too.

Amir Hussain had to sell his only cow in order to treat his father. The cow was his best friend and most favorite things in his world and the only source of income for his family. But he had to sacrifice his friendship and earnings to save his father’s life.

Despite his father’s treatment, his father never fully recovered and Amir Hussain had to pay a hefty sum of money every month for his father’s treatment which he is struggling to earn.

I believe the story touched all your hearts. Such a responsible and love story between father and son is very rare these days. We can be at least hopeful from this story that poverty has not yet taken away humanity from all people.

The day I heard his story; I wanted to do something for them, so that Amir Hossain can get his friend back and can continue his father’s treatment.

I promised Amir Hussain and his Father Nur Uncle that I will help them to do something for them so they can get a sustainable life.

So, arranging money, I met with them again. Since Amir Hussain is used to rearing cows and knows how to run a household by rearing cows, I did not have to think too much about how to help him. Since they live in the village, milking a Cow with a calf is the best solution and business for them.

I know that; many of you are eagerly waiting for their updates and now, you all will be happy to know that, by the grace of God, I bought a cow and a calf for them. After getting back the cow and the calf Amir Hussain seems to have got his life back. I can’t explain his happiness and gratefulness with words when he saw them… Brother Amir hugged me with all his strength to show his gratitude and started crying while sitting next to the Cow.

The Cow gives 3-4 liters of milk a day and by selling that milk he can earn about 300 taka per day. Keeping milk for his family, he can earn almost taka 9000 per month. Alhamdulillah, now with this money they can live a prosperous life as they wished for. In total it cost almost 1,000 USD.

My friends, your positive inspiration, pure love, and strong faith in me, helps me to move forward every single day. Know that nothing would have been so easy without you all. My journey could never have gone so far without you and your support. I am grateful!

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need.

Sending my Love and prayers for everyone…

Love and Light

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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New school building for students!

New school building for students! ❤️

Dear Friends,

In addition to the individuals and families that I have been helping by giving small businesses and other solutions to impoverished people’s lives, one of my most important social work projects is to educate young unprivileged rural children. As a school extension of GMB Akash Institute of Photography in Dhaka, a few partners and I have built a rural school building outside of Dhaka for children who have no access to education.

They come from 8 different villages outside of Dhaka from day labour families who have never received any education previously. This rural branch of the school was started 7 years ago under a tree with 30 students. Now there are more than 200+ students who are getting free education up to class 5 and every year we also provide them with new school dress.

10 amazing teachers who receives monthly wages as well as training for teaching our students. These children will be the first generation to ever be educated in this region.

As you all know, whatever I earn from selling my photography books, Prints of my photos, from my photography workshops and assignments, I use for the betterment of the lives of people in need and the people I worked with.

And my friends, without your support and love I might not have come this far. I am always thankful and grateful.

Our small initiatives can change so many peoples’ lives if we want. You can also come forward and join my Patreon to support the people in need. Sharing the link below.

Sending my Love and prayers

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Dark Alleys

“These disorders — schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, depression, addiction — they not only steal our time to live, they change who we are. In the time period of working with drug addict, I encounter tremendous shiver in thought of helplessness that how they are silently dying in these dark alleys and there is no dark Knight to hold them straight only we are here to celebrate the funeral of these fallen stars”_GMB Akash

Drug addiction is a major social evil in Bangladesh, affecting thousands of young people and their families. There are thousands of addicted people in Bangladesh and most of them are young, between the ages of 18 and 30 from all walks of life. Drug addiction in young Bangladeshis is mainly seen because of reasons like depression. People try to remove depression using drugs as a tool. And this is how they become addicts.

Drug users are taking drugs by sharing same needle with each other. Injecting drug users have few places to turn, and they are one of the groups most at risk of contracting and spreading HIV. Heroin is mostly smoked within aluminum foil or cigarette paper, but in Bangladesh this is injected. Injections through infected needles can cause diseases of the liver, brain, heart, lungs and spinal cord. Estimates of the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh range from 2,500 to 15,000 most of them are affected while taking drugs. A Heroin addict may need about Taka 500 worth of the drug a day. They neglect the needs of the family, and those are non-earning may sell off family assets. They also go out on the streets for mugging and dacoit.

“Rickshaw driver Mohammad Bashir has been addicted to heroin for most of the last 13 years. His habit cost him his job and put an enormous strain on his family. Like most addicts, he often uses shared needles. Police has caught him in the spot, members of his addict team has managed to fly. But police caught him, while he is continually requesting police to leave him in the word of his promise that he will not inject him any more with drugs”

Drug addiction is increasing among the street children who live without a family, love and care. Bangladeshi youth are ‘huffing’ shoe glue, a drug locally called ‘Dandi’, which is seriously harmful to mental and physical health. Up to 17 percent of street children in capital Dhaka are addicted to drugs. Children as young as 10 years old are also experimenting with alcohol, phensidyl, Heroin, Baba, Ganja, pethedrine, and other forms of available drugs. For managing the money for drags these children spends all their earnings on drugs. Some time they beg whole day in the street and end of the day spends everything on drugs.

“Bitter experiences are there too. I visit all danger territory where these addicted people living senselessly. Few of them try to beat me sometime, few of them tied me with their arms and cried and cried, few of them burst out in depression and few of them wants to end their sufferings. But this is cycle of unbearable torment which has no end. In a world with chaos and hunger, everything becomes a guerrilla struggle. It becomes almost impossible to save lives or grow dreams sometime. But yet these lives deserve our affection, attention and sympathy. No medicine is as effective as love to them. “– GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Philipp Gasser, came again for the 2nd time from Switzerland to participate Photography Workshop.

‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to join this One on One workshop, because Akash is a wonderful person and a great artist. He knows how to take incredible pictures and I could imagine no one else than him as my Mentor. For me, it’s a great chance to improve my personal skill for photography. Akash took me to some exciting places which are rich in photographing subjects. We visited unique places, unique people, and unique situations.

Every day we start at early morning and continue till late evening. Akash checked every single image I took during the shoot, rated them and gave me valuable inputs. Akash is a great teacher. Bangladesh is different and its people are amazing, it’s a huge experience for me. I took one thousand pictures every day. And every day I improved. I see the improvement in all my pictures.

This workshop is time worthy, experience worthy; it’s an unforgettable experience for me to join Akash on this daily adventure through the villages, through the different places. In six days, I took more than ten thousand images. I will leave this country with a big smile’

_Philipp Gasser, came again for the 2nd time in 2022 from Switzerland to participate in ‘One on One Photography Workshop with GMB Akash’

To apply in this Exclusive One on One workshop send an email to akashphoto@gmail.com

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Puran Dhaka, more commonly referred to as Old Dhaka, is the original part of the bustling Dhaka Metropolitan City which serves as the capital of Bangladesh. Old Dhaka dates back to the 7th century, when the area was under the control of the Buddhist kingdom of Kamarupa which ruled for almost 800 years between 350 and 1140 CE. Age-old traditions and a sense of community among the residents of Puran Dhaka have remained particularly strong as the rest of the city continues to modernize. Many agree that the customs of the residents of this ancient settlement are different from general Bengali culture and to explore the streets of Old Dhaka is to take a journey back in time.

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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50 bicycles among 50 unprivileged students.

Dear friends,

Alhamdullilah, by the grace of God I have distributed a total of 50 bicycles among 50 unprivileged students from different parts of Bangladesh.

One of the students, Nomita said, “Brother, many girls from our village, who did not get a bicycle from you, are already married. Due to the distance of the school, they could not continue their education.

This bike not only helped us to continue our schooling but also saving us from child marriage.”

Like Nomita, I have gifted one bicycle for each girl from each family, so they do not need to walk 10-12 kilometers every day which takes hours for them. They become exhausted and cannot pay attention to their education, and they tend to just drop out all together from school.

Thank you all my friends for your kind support and humanity! Without all your love and support I probably couldn’t go this far every day.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I can continue my journey to alleviate the sufferings of the people at least for one day.

Love and Light.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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I am feeding hungry poor people every Friday in different places of Bangladesh.

My friends,

I hope that you’re all doing well. This week in Dhaka, again I managed the very difficult challenge of gathering an unprecedented number of street children, homeless people and provided them with a good healthy lunch at a local restaurant.

By the grace of God, I am feeding hungry poor people every Friday in different places of Bangladesh. Sharing some of the happy faces with you.

Thank you my friends for always supporting me and my work in every situation. I am always grateful.

Please keep me in your prayers.

Sending my love and best wishes for you all.

Love and Light!

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Distributed about 500 raincoats among the Rickshaw pullers in Dhaka.

Dear friends,

By the grace of God, in the last few days I have distributed about 500 raincoats among the Rickshaw pullers in Dhaka.

Rickshaw pullers are quite a familiar figure in Bangladesh. Even working from dawn to dusk, they lead a very hard life and earn very little to provide for the two square meals a day for their family.

During the monsoon season rickshaw pullers suffer the most in order to give us services. Even in the heavy rains, they have no choice but to drive their rickshaws. They get wet in the rain all day and sometimes get sick.

Last week when I was riding in Hafizur’s rickshaw, I saw him shivering with cold and he was totally drenched by rain. When I asked him why he was shivering like this even in this scorching hot summer?

Hafizur told me that, he has been suffering from fever for the last three days but he has been driving the rickshaw every day, because otherwise his family will have to starve.

When I asked, why don’t you buy a raincoat? He replied, the price of a good quality raincoat is around 800 to 1000 taka and it’s impossible for him to afford one.

There are thousands of rickshaw pullers in Dhaka City like Hafizur who also can’t afford a raincoat in this monsoon season and suffer every day in the heavy rain.

A good quality raincoat can serve for many years. So I decided to buy good quality raincoats and distributed 500 raincoats among 500 Rickshaw Pullers to keep them dry and reduce their sufferings in this Rainy season.

I am only one, I cannot do everything, but still I can do something…

Thank you for all your continuous support and humanity. I am always thankful and grateful to you all for appreciating my efforts and journey. Know that, your kind words mean a lot to me.

Sending my love, respect and prayers towards you.

Love and Light

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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One on One workshop with GMB Akash

Bénédicte de Vibraye from France to attend ‘One on One Photography workshop’ with me in Bangladesh.

About the workshop: The focus of this customized program is to teach photography going beyond boundaries. Each student will have exclusive access to me through the duration of the workshop, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of my work experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of these workshops and the real world working environment, each student can expect to learn and experience much more than they would during one year in a standard university photography program. Each workshop is six days long and set in locations that are rich in culture with a wealth of photographic and documentary subject matter.

If you are interested send an email to know detail at akashphoto@gmail.com

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Auto rickshaw for Masuda and her husband.

Dear friends,

You may all remember the story of a husband’s selfless and pure love for his blind wife – Maduda. Masuda is a blind woman, but she considers herself the most blessed women in the world because of her husband’s unconditional love and care for her.

Literally Masuda might have been the happiest woman in the world if they only had enough money for supporting their family.

Since Masuda is blind, her husband cannot go to work everyday leaving her alone. And he does every household chore for Masuda that she was supposed to do for him. Because he can’t go to work every day, he can’t earn enough for his family. And as a result, the family was desperately suffering from scarcity.

As Masuda said, if they had a rickshaw of their own, her husband could have drive it in their area and could have help her time to time.

By the grace of God, last Friday I was able to buy an auto rickshaw for Masuda and her husband which cost One lakh and thirty thousand taka and I also build a small shed for the protection of the Rikhsaw. Around it cost total of 1 lakh 50 thousands taka (around 1500 USD). Now he can earn 700-800 taka every day by driving this Rickhsaw.

Thank you so much everyone for showing your concern and empathy towards this family. I believe this Rickshaw will greatly benefits their family and their economic condition.

Masuda and her husband were really overwhelmed and sent their heartfelt prayers and gratitude for all of you. Please keep them in your prayers.

Sending my love and gratitude to you all who are constantly supporting my work and journey. My journey would never have been so smooth without you all.

Love and light

_GMB Akash

working women in Bangladesh
working women in Bangladesh
working women in Bangladesh
working women in Bangladesh

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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I am feeding hungry poor people every Friday in different places of Bangladesh. Sharing some of the happy faces with you.

My friends,

I hope that you’re all doing well. This week in Dhaka, again I managed the very difficult challenge of gathering an unprecedented number of street children, homeless people and provided them with a good healthy lunch at a local restaurant.

This year 2021, until today 8,200,620 People died from hunger in the World and its counting…

Each day, 25,000 people, including more than 10,000 children, die from hunger.

As we all know, “The best of all charities is to feed a hungry person.”

By the grace of God, I am feeding hungry poor people every Friday in different places of Bangladesh. Sharing some of the happy faces with you.

Thank you my friends for always supporting me and my work in every situation. I am always grateful.

Please keep me in your prayers.

Sending my love and best wishes for you all.

Love and Light!

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Distributed 10 more bicycles among 10 underprivileged students.

Dear friends,

By the grace of God, last week I was able to distribute 10 more bicycles among 10 underprivileged students.

Alhamdullilah, with these 10, a total of 50 bicycle distributions has been completed till now.

And I am planning to gift 10 more bicycles next month again.

One of the students, Rina said, “Brother, many girls from our village, who did not get a bicycle from you, are already married. Due to the distance of the school, they could not continue their education.

This bike not only helped us to continue our schooling but also saving us from child marriage.”

Like Rina, I have gifted one bicycle for each girl from each family, so they do not need to walk 10-12 kilometers every day which takes hours for them. They become exhausted and cannot pay attention to their education, and they tend to just drop out all together from school.

Thank you all my friends for your kind support and humanity! Without all your love and support I probably couldn’t go this far every day.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I can continue my journey to alleviate the sufferings of the people at least for one day.

P.S. If you want to help even one girl with a cycle, please send me a direct message.

Love and light

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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I was able to help Shorna get out of her debt.

Dear Friends,

As I promised, by the grace of Almighty God, yesterday by repaying a loan of 80 thousand taka of Shorna apa, I was able to help her get out of her debt.

As you all know, I already bought a cow and a calf for her. The Cow gives 4 liters of milk a day and by selling them, she can earn about 300 taka per day. Keeping milk for her family, she can earn almost Taka 9000 per month. Alhamdulillah, with this money they are living a prosperous life as they wished for. In total the cow and calf cost almost 1,000 USD.

I have also decided to bear the cost of her husband’s treatments. I will also share a short video of Shorna Apa with you all soon.

Thank you so much my friends for always appreciating my journey. Nothing would have been this easier for me without your support and inspirations. Sending my heartfelt gratitude.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of people in need. To me, even one single difference counts.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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We all know during the month of Ramadan, these poor elderly people suffer the most due to lack of food. Many people fast, even without eating anything!

Dear friends.

I bring you happy greetings from more than 200 elderly widowed Mothers and elderly single Fathers…

We all know during the month of Ramadan, these poor elderly people suffer the most due to lack of food. Many people fast, even without eating anything!

By the grace of Allah, the eve of the Ramadan I was able to deliver food packs to their doorstep for their entire month of fasting.

So far I have been able to deliver 200 food packs to 200 most vulnerable Souls, so that they do not have to suffer this Ramadan anymore.

The food packages include ingredients for healthy Ramadan like, Rice, Lentils, Sugar, Milk, Eggs, Grains, Cooking Oil, Ruhafja juice, Salt, Onions, potatoes, Isabgol (Psyllium husk), Dates, Parched rice, Tissues, Soap, and new dresses.

Many of you came forward to help these elderly people in this holy month of Ramadan. Know that- I can’t thank you enough, but I really believe that Allah has surely arranged beautiful rewards for you all. Ameen.

Now I am going to distribute 300-400 food packs for Eid as well and also new dresses among unprivileged families and children.

I am always thankful and grateful to all my supporters who are constantly supporting and helping me in every way possible in my journey.

May health, happiness, and prosperity always be with you.

Good luck to you.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Love for Sofur Uddin Chacha.

Dear friends,

You may all remember Sofur Uddin Chacha and Mamtaz Khala, a blessed couple.

Uncle Sofur Uddin, who may not be able to build the Taj Mahal for Mumtaz’s aunt, but at the end of the day, hopes to earn 300 taka per day to buy nuts and Jilabies for his loving wife. A love story that touched all your hearts. A love story that shows wealth and abundance cannot always buy happiness…

The day I heard his story from his mouth, I made up my mind to do something for him.

By the grace of God, after arranging some money I met Uncle Sofur Uddin again to fulfill his wishes, and asked him what he can do to earn 300 taka per day in order to live a prosperous life with his wife. He told me he wishes to get a cow and a calf as he has an abandoned room where he is able to raise them and he could sell the milk in the local market and earn 300 taka per day.

With Uncle Sofur Uddin I went to the local Cow market and he bought a cow and a calf of his choice for himself. I can’t explain to you how his eyes were frequently getting wet in happiness until we brought the cow home!! On the way home, my uncle kept saying ‘your aunt will be very happy seeing this cow and her calf!’ And yes, he was right. She was very happy that she started crying, holding me in her arms!

These joys, these experiences, such warmth of love helps me to continue my work everyday…

The Cow gives 4 liters of milk a day and by selling that milk he can earn about 300 taka per day. Keeping some milk for them, he can earn almost taka 9000 per month. Alhamdulillah, now with this money they can live a prosperous life as they wished for. In total it cost almost 1000 USD.

Thank you so much everyone for showing love and support for Sofur Uddin uncle and Mamtaz aunt. Please keep them in your prayers. Our little effort can change so many lives!!

My friends, your positive support, pure love, and strong faith in me, help me to move forward every single day. Know that, nothing would have been so easy without you all. My journey could never have gone so far without you. I am so grateful!

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need.

Sending my Love and prayers for everyone…

Love and Light

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Asma a little angel, whose only dream was to go to school.

Dear friends,

You may all remember, Asma a little working girl, her video and story went viral as soon as I posted it on my page last month.

Asma a little angel, whose only dream was to go to school. But this little fairy’s dream was being crushed every day because of the extreme cruelty of poverty ever since she started learning.

You will be happy to know, by the grace of God, I admitted her to the school last week, and yesterday was Asmar’s first day at school.

Asma’s mother and I took her to her first day of school and I can’t explain her expressions of happiness in words…

Just know that, her happiness made me cry…

These precious experiences make my life worthy and inspire me to continue my work farther everyday.

But it was not easy at all. I had to motivate her mother to get Asma admitted to the school. For that, I had to take care all her expenses such as her admission fees, tuition fees, daily food, books, notes, clothes and everything she needs to grow up as a happy child. Also, I had to financially compensate her parents for the entire amount of money she would have earned each month if she had worked instead of going to school. I will bear all her expenses, and I want to make sure she continues her school and gets the beautiful life as she was dreaming of. Please keep Asma in your prayers.

Now Asma is one of my 40 students whom I have been able to enroll into school from their working places.

Thank you so much my friends for always appreciating my journey. Nothing would have been this easier for me without your support and inspiration. My heartfelt gratitude.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of people in need. To me, even one single difference is counted.

Love and Light

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

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Love for Arifa.

Dear friends,

You may all remember Arifa as I posted a story about her last week.

Arifa is a brilliant student and a beautiful positive soul, whose father is mentally ill and mother is forced to remarry due to scarcity in the family.

Arifa has grown up with her grandmother since she was three years old seeing and surviving hundreds of hardships as a result she forgot how to smile!!

I thank God that Arifa came to my notice last month.

You will be happy to know, by the grace of God,

I admitted her to the school last month and able to take her full financial responsibilities for her lifestyle and schooling. I am going to support her family and her expenses such as her admission fees, tuition fees, daily food, books, notes, clothes and everything she needs to grow up as a happy child. I will bear all the expenses to ensure that she can continue to go to school and get a beautiful and healthy life.

I want to make sure she never forgets to ‘smile’ again…

Thank you so much my friends for always appreciating my journey. Nothing would have been this easier for me without your support and inspiration. My heartfelt gratitude.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of people in need. To me, even one single difference is counted.

Happy Friday.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Love for Eva Rani.

Dear friends,

You may all remember Eva Rani. The story of this courageous lady touched all your heart and inspired thousands of people.

Last year by gifting Eva Rani, a cow with a calf as an income source, I wanted to give her some hope, so she can remain just as unbroken as she is and can gives life a good fight with her two little daughters.

I also built a shed for them which to keep the cows and in total it cost almost 2000 USD.

She used to get 4 liters of milk from the cow, and by selling the milk she used to earn 300 takas per day. Keeping some milk for her daughters, she was able to earn 9,000 takas per month.

The good news is, the cow gave a new calf again and the previous calf has grown a lot. She is planning to sell the first calf soon and by selling it she can earn around 80 thousand to 1 lakh taka. With that money, she is thinking of repairing her broken hut.

And now by selling the cow’s milk (around 4-5 litters per day) she is continuing her family expenses. As I took all the responsibilities of her daughter’s education and admitted them to a nearby KG School last year. Eva Rani does not have to bear for her children’s education.

Now this family has a happy smile on their face, and they have started living a beautiful healthy life. Please keep them in your prayers.

Our little effort can change the life of a family…

My friends, your positive support pure love, and strong faith in me help me to move forward every single day.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people as much as I can. To me, even one difference is counted.

Sending my kindest Gratitude, Love and Light to everyone.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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I started with 10 children and now it’s 30 children.

New Year, New Class, New Books, New Dreams… 2022

Dear Friends,

All my 30 students have been promoted to their new classes and they have received their new books. With excitement and happiness they all were shining like stars. It’s a great pleasure for me to share these radiant faces with my friends. Without you, nothing was possible. All these children send their love and gratitude to all of you.

As you all know, in 2020 I took the responsibility for their complete education for my entire life. For that, I am regularly visiting their homes and family to assess their situations. The years are passing for them in the blink of an eye!

I started with 10 children and now it’s 30 children.

Hopefully, in comeing years I will be able to admit and shift more child laborers from their workplace to school.

For more than 15 years, I have been working on the child labor situation in Bangladesh. From the beginning of my photography career, I wanted to change the situation and raise awareness of this issue. However, I was not at all happy seeing these changes happening so very slowly in our society! Therefore, I decided to change peoples’ lives directly and I started with those people who I had photographed and those with whom I was already working.

I started giving training and helped set up businesses for people in need; especially the parents of child laborers. With these businesses I arranged for each of the families, they could earn more money and send their children to school instead of factories. So far, I have given 300 different businesses to 300 families as a gift.

To get working children to school, I had to go door to door many times requesting that their parents send them to school. Finally, I have been able to convince some of the parents about the importance of education.

I motivated them to send their children to school. It was not at all easy. For that, I had to take full financial responsibility for these kids with expenses such as their admission fees, tuition fees, daily food, books, clothes and also to financially compensate their parents for the entire amount of money they would have earned each month if they had worked instead of going to school. I will also have to bear all the children’s expenses to ensure that they will continue to go to school!

Like these 30 children, more than four million children are struggling in our country. Maybe it is difficult, but it is not impossible to give hope to these 4 million children. If only every capable person would give a hand for one child, miracles would happen which could transform our society into a better-educated population who could better contribute to the development of our country, a benefit for all of us.

You can take part in my mission and support my work through Patreon.

https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

One person can do a lot, but with all of you together we could do so much more.

Sending my respect and prayers.

Love and light!

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Food for street children and homeless people.

My friends,

I hope that you’re all doing well. Today in Dhaka, again I managed the very difficult challenge of gathering an unprecedented number of street children, homeless people and provided them with a good healthy lunch at a local restaurant.

There are some people who are not as lucky as we are to eat a healthy meal in a while.

I try to feed those unprivileged poor people every Friday in different places of Bangladesh. Sharing some of the happy faces with you taken today.

This year 2022, in only one and a half months until today, 1,024,406 people died from hunger in the World and it’s continuing every minute.

My friends, my request to you, if you ever see someone hungry, please try to feed them.

As we all know, “The best of all charities is to feed a hungry person.”

Thank you my friends for always supporting my work and me. I am grateful from my heart.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I can continue my journey to put a smile on a face in need.

Sending my love and best wishes for you all.

Have a very Happy Friday!

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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New Year, New Class, New Books, New Dreams… 2022

New Year, New Class, New Books, New Dreams… 2022

Dear Friends,

All my 30 students have been promoted to their new classes and they have received their new books. With excitement and happiness they all were shining like stars. It’s a great pleasure for me to share these radiant faces with my friends. Without you, nothing was possible. All these children send their love and gratitude to all of you.

As you all know, in 2020 I took the responsibility for their complete education for my entire life. For that, I am regularly visiting their homes and family to assess their situations. The years are passing for them in the blink of an eye!

I started with 10 children and now it’s 30 children.

Hopefully, in comeing years I will be able to admit and shift more child laborers from their workplace to school.

For more than 15 years, I have been working on the child labor situation in Bangladesh. From the beginning of my photography career, I wanted to change the situation and raise awareness of this issue. However, I was not at all happy seeing these changes happening so very slowly in our society! Therefore, I decided to change peoples’ lives directly and I started with those people who I had photographed and those with whom I was already working.

I started giving training and helped set up businesses for people in need; especially the parents of child laborers. With these businesses I arranged for each of the families, they could earn more money and send their children to school instead of factories. So far, I have given 150 different businesses to 150 families as a gift.

To get working children to school, I had to go door to door many times requesting that their parents send them to school. Finally, I have been able to convince some of the parents about the importance of education.

I motivated them to send their children to school. It was not at all easy. For that, I had to take full financial responsibility for these kids with expenses such as their admission fees, tuition fees, daily food, books, clothes and also to financially compensate their parents for the entire amount of money they would have earned each month if they had worked instead of going to school. I will also have to bear all the children’s expenses to ensure that they will continue to go to school!

Like these 30 children, more than four million children are struggling in our country. Maybe it is difficult, but it is not impossible to give hope to these 4 million children. If only every capable person would give a hand for one child, miracles would happen which could transform our society into a better-educated population who could better contribute to the development of our country, a benefit for all of us.

You can take part in my mission and support my work through Patreon.

https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

One person can do a lot, but with all of you together we could do so much more.

Sending my respect and prayers.

Love and light!

GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Distributed 500 more blankets among the most deserving and unprivileged people..

Dear friends,

By the grace of God, yesterday again I have distributed 500 more blankets among the most deserving and unprivileged people and completed the distribution of winter products for this year.

During this winter, by breaking through the fog, I finally able to bring some sunshine into the lives of nearly 1000+ souls.

Throughout the winter, I have distributed hundreds of blankets among old couples, old single mothers and fathers and winter Shawls for working women and winter jackets for children.

As you all know distributing of winter clothing is a very difficult process and time consuming as well. But I have tried my best to gift those blankets door to door to every deserving person with my own hands.

If this whole month of my hard work comes to help even a single person to reduce their winter sufferings for a moment, then there’s value in the work I do.

To bring these blossoming smiles on so many faces has only became possible because of You all my friends, who are constantly supporting my journey every day.

And I believe, the prayers of these grateful people will surely reach your doorstep.Sending my love and gratitude. _GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Distributing winter clothes to 500 unprivileged working women.

Dear Friends,

I have been distributing winter clothes to  unprivileged working women so that they can safely go to work in the mornings without harm to their health. Over 500 poor day labourers are being given clothes that they could otherwise not afford.

In order to express my appreciation to all for your generosity, I am presenting few happy faces. I would like to share the happiness and comfort with all of you that you have created and I want to pass on to you the gratitude for your love and care for these unprivileged women.

I cannot thank my friends enough. Still, we have a long way to go and we all want to continue such a journey in the future. We will leave footprints of love and kindness wherever we will step. Loads of love and blessings to you all.

Love and Light!

GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Gifting winter jackets among street children and unprivileged students from all over Bangladesh.

Dear friends,

Since last month I have been gifting hundreds of winter jackets among street children and unprivileged students from all over Bangladesh.

The distribution of blankets for old helpless couples, old single mothers and fathers and winter clothing for unprivileged working women continues this month also.

I believe our little love can easily put a smile on so many faces and our little care can end sufferings of so many disadvantaged people.

Sharing some happy faces with you all…

It doesn’t cost much to help people, all it takes is love and care, and a strong desire to share that love with everyone.

Let us all spread our love to everyone, especially those who have no one to stand by them…

Thank you my friends for always supporting me and my work. I am always grateful from my heart.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Distributing blankets among unprivileged!

Dear friends,

During this winter, by breaking through the fog, I was able to bring some sunshine into the lives of nearly 600 souls.

By the grace of God, and all your support, I have been distributing hundreds of blankets among old helpless couples, old single mothers and fathers and winter clothing for unprivileged working women and children. The distribution continues this month as well

All this happening because of all your kind support and love for my work.

In order to express my appreciation to all for your generosity, I would like to share these priceless happy faces with all of you.

Being unwanted, unloved and uncared by the people we love is a greatest illness and I believe with an affectionate smile and an overwhelming hug we can ease the illness for a while.

Love and light.

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Breaking the silence!

This month I have started gifting ‘Hygiene Bags’ among unprivileged teenage girls who are really in need but who can’t afford it. 

We have distributed 200 hygiene bags to 200 girls just in the last 2 weeks. I have been doing this action for some time now and these 200 girls will receive this ‘Hygiene Bag’ every year until they have completed their education and they have started earning enough for themselves to afford buying their own hygiene products. I do this so that these 200 girls will find some relief during their monthly hardships and be able to concentrate on their studies and move towards a healthy future. 

A ‘Hygiene Bag’ is not just a gift bag, it represents happiness for a sister. It facilitates the journey towards a healthy future for a girl but mostly, it gives relief from the physical and mental suffering at that time of the month.

Every bag consists of 15 packets of sanitary pads for one year, 6 inner garments, two towels, 24 bars of soap for washing and bathing as well as an informative letter from me.

 

Almost 80% of the women in Bangladesh do not use sanitary napkins mainly due to their high cost or simply due to their lack of awareness which leaves them susceptible to a myriad of health problems.

I personally visited and talked to the girls. Most of them mentioned that they cannot afford these products or their families simply don’t buy them for their girls. In many cases, they cannot even tell the family of their need because they are already in severe poverty.

Many thanks to my volunteer friends who were in the field these last two weeks beside me. They helped with the buying and transporting of the products to different parts of Bangladesh as well as distributing and giving counsel to the girls. 

Please keep me in your prayers so I can always do my small part to serve the people in need till my last days. 

You can also be a part of making some of them smile; you can also tell them they are loved; you can also give them some hope for a day or for a lifetime. If you want to contribute, please email me at akashphoto@gmail.com

Love and Light!

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Love for Rudro!

I have some good news to share with you about Rudro’s family! Rudro’s family had endured such hardship when his father had a stroke that crippled him greatly and the family had become destitute.

I had been taking care of all of Rudro’s expenses for his education since he was in class 9.

Rudro is now studying in the 2nd year in a highly prestigious Notre Dame College (Notre Dame College is the best college in Dhaka as well as in Bangladesh) And I will continue helping his family till he gets a job and starts earning for them himself.

I am sharing a short video where Rudro wanted to express his gratitude.

“Our little help, little words, little recommendations could bring light in some dark places of this earth.”

For the last two years I have been studying at the prestigious Notre Dame College in Dhaka. In 2021 my education at Notre Dame will be completed. From class 9, Akash brother took care of all my expenses so that I could go to school.

_ Rudro

My father is sick; he is paralyzed and unable to earn anything. Without Akash brother’s help, my education would have stopped long ago. Four years ago Akash brother gifted us a cow with a calf.

_ Rudro

We have now received four calves from that cow. After raising those calves, we sold them and got a good amount of money. If Akash brother had not helped me by giving us this cow and the first calf, I have no idea what would have happened to my family, my education and my father’s treatment. 

Like me, Akash brother helps many people from our village with small family businesses or scholarships for education. Akash brother built a school in our village where around 150 poor children receive nearly free education. I pray for Akash brother so he can help more people.

_ Rudro

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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COVID-19 and the impact on my 150 families.

Dear Friends,

I’m sharing a video here with some of these brave and beautiful people who wanted to express their gratitude and their emotions with you because of the help I have been giving them for the last 5 – 6 months.

I want to keep you updated about During this crisis of the Coronavirus, the 150 families that I have been helping have suffered much during this time of great hardship.

‘Bless you for your kind help during this horrible crisis period. May Allah always keep you happy and healthy.’

‘We want to say that during this Corona time, Akash uncle helped us so much. Otherwise, we would probably have died.’

‘These include the families that I have helped by creating small businesses; the parents and families of the 20 working children whom I had recently admitted to school before the virus struck; the families of the hundreds of poor students to whom I have given scholarships; as well as the 30 elderly couples who are childless and living on their own for whom I have taken responsibility for the rest of their lives.’

‘During this Coronavirus time we could not earn anything and had no money to eat. Akash brother helped us. Allah blessed us with peace. We pray for Akash brother.’

All of these vulnerable souls have been having terrible problems during this critical Pandemic. By the grace of God, I have been trying to personally take care of all of them the last 5 – 6 months. I have committed myself to be responsible for them and I will look after all of them until the situation becomes more stable. Around 150 families are getting support from my side.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of the unprivileged and to continue my commitments to them as well as enable them to integrate into society which would improve the lives of all of us.

‘During the last four moths our situation has been really terrible we even had no rice to eat at our home; we had nothing to eat. We had no work! During that critical moment, Akash brother came beside us. He helps us economically and mentally. If he did not help us, possibly we would not die because of Coronavirus, but surely, we would have died from hunger at that time. Poverty is so devastating in our village that if we don’t work one day, we cannot even manage to buy food for that day. During this crisis our Akash brother helped us. My family and I are always so grateful to him. We always pray for him. Please all of you watching this pray for his long life.’

‘We all have been suffering a lot during this Coronavirus crisis. We have had no food at home. Once during the whole day we had nothing at all to eat. That moment Akash brother was standing beside us to help. Akash brother helps in whatever way he possibly can. It was only with his help that we survived. My husband works in a mill and he has had no work since the crisis began. During these terrible times, Akash brother has helped us.,

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Dreams of child laborers

Every time I am working with children on different projects, I like to collect their stories and I always ask them to tell me their dreams. Here, I am sharing with you 10 common dreams that these working children keep inside their hearts! These dreams can give us insights into the souls of these little angels.

Child labour in Bangladesh is sadly very common with 4.8 million child labourers or 12.6% of all children aged 5 to 14 finding themselves in the work force in order to survive or to help their family survive.

I have been working on this issue for the last 15 or more years to create awareness and to bring about positive changes in our society.During these last years, I have taken a lot of steps in an effort to contribute to the education of some of these impoverished working children.

A few years ago, I set up a school for unprivileged children outside of Dhaka where around 160 children from rural villages receive nearly free education. Most of their parents are illiterate and these children will be the first generation to be able to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

I have also given scholarships to hundreds of students who, otherwise would not be able to continue their education and might end up working in factories and in hard labour jobs.

Recently I have been trying to admit working children to school. I have been giving small businesses to their parents so they can earn enough money for the family and send their children to school instead of a factory. So far, I have admitted 22 children to school and have taken full responsibility for their education including all expenses. I will see that these activities will be continued for these children and hopefully more children, until my last breath.

These efforts have, of course, been effected by the COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock that is having a catastrophic impact, in particular, on poor people’s lives and livelihoods.

Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. This crisis can push millions more vulnerable children into child labour.

fader (13)

When I grow up, I want to be the owner of a factory and I will name my factory after my mother. _ Razu

BC (44)

I want to send my younger sister to school; she loves to study and to go to school. _Sojib

born to work (180)

I want to build a factory where there will be more light, drinking water, fans and more space for working._ Munna

GMB Akash (9)

We will rent a big house in our slum so my parents and my younger sister can sleep comfortably at night. Now, in one room four of us cannot sleep. It is too warm and crowded!- Sobuj

GMB Akash (18)

My mother works as a maid and my father pulls a rickshaw. I want to grow up fast so I can earn more money every day. Then my parents won’t need to work._ Parvin

GMB Akash (17)

I wish I could work in a textile factory. They have a better environment with a fan, toilet and clean building._Shilu

GMB Akash (3)

I dream I will have my own factory where nobody will beat any children nor say bad words to them. _Joinal

GMB Akash (12)

I studied until class 3 and then we came to the city for work. I miss my school and our village. I Hope I can return to our village and study in our village school._Midul

GMB Akash (16)

I want to buy everything that my mother likes. Like new sarees for her, good shoes for her, anything she loves._ Koli

GMB Akash (5)

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GMB Akash 

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Tribute to Refugees around the world.

I have spent years documenting refugees and their children. In recent years I have been interviewing and photographing the tragedies of the families escaping for their lives to Greece from the Middle East as well as the desperate Rohingya and Bihari refugees escaping to Bangladesh from border countries.

To closely experience their lives as well as to help and speak with the families. I spent nights awake in Lesbos Greece waiting for dilapidated and overloaded boats to arrive from Turkey. Sometimes the boats never made it. I walked hundreds of kilometers along with the refugees while they were trying to cross the border out of Greece. In between, I was in their camps, shelters and anywhere they were, trying to discover their pain, suffering, and anguish that refugees must face.

My experiences were eye-opening, tragic, sad, terrifying, and oftentimes shocking.

You can do your part by SHARING THIS post about millions of refugees who need support.

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Plight of Rohingya Refugees

More than 24,000 Rohingya were killed by the Myanmar military and local Buddhists. It also estimated that at least 18,000 Rohingya Muslim women and girls were raped, 36,000 Rohingya were thrown into fire.

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The Refugee Crisis in Greece

As of December 7, 2015, more than 911,000 refugees and migrants had arrived on European shores since the year began and some 3,550 lives had been lost during the journey. Over 75 per cent of those arriving in Europe had fled conflict and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.

The civil war in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our lifetime.

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